Will the Mamata Banerjee government last its full tenure? “It won’t!” prompt comes the reply from Arjun Singh, the newly elected BJP MP from Barrackpore. “We don’t need to wait till 2021. This government is on its way out by the end of this year,” he said.
Known as a strongman, Singh was the TMC MLA from Bhatpara not too long ago. Today he has emerged as the giant killer in Bengal politics, defeating veteran TMC parliamentarian Dinesh Trivedi. “TMC has started disintegrating. You will see the results in next three months,” he said as supporters greeted him at the Bengal BJP headquarters on Friday.
As the question about the Mamata Banerjee government’s stability hovers over the political circles of Bengal, there is clear unease among TMC ranks. “Everyone is in a state of shock, not sure how to react,” said a party leader. CM Mamata Banerjee has not faced the media since the election results were announced on Thursday. She has called a crucial meeting on Saturday to assess the situation as the TMC leadership goes into a huddle.
Meanwhile, TMC disciplinary committee on Friday suspended party’s sitting MLA and Mukul Roy’s son Subhragshu Roy for six years for alleged “anti-party” activities. The decision comes amid speculation that he would soon follow his father’s footsteps and join the BJP, especially after the saffron party’s success in North 24 Parganas district with the Barrackpore and Bhatpara win.